Three champs lead Bay wrestlers to third at Hale Invite

Blue Dukes visit Nicolet Thursday

Jan. 7, 2014

It's been a hard first month-and-a-half for the Whitefish Bay wrestling team and the Blue Dukes have a good sense as to where their season is going.

They finished off this early push with a sound third-place finish in the Bauer Brawl at West Allis Hale, where Cooper Fergus at 106 pounds, Miguel Gomez at 132 and Steve Meyer at 195 all won individual titles.

"It was good that we had so many in the finals," Dale Loebel said. "It was a little bit of a weak tourney, but you still have to wrestle the kids in front of you....It's been a bit of a meat-grinder schedule for us up to this point, so we'll back off a little bit now, let the kids get healthy and get ready for the big push (in February). "

The Blue Dukes visit North Shore rival Nicolet in a dual at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. They will be off this weekend.

In the Bauer Brawl, the Blue Dukes tied for their spot with Racine Case with 125 points as the host Huskies won with 2251/2 and Greenfield was second with 1811/2.

The three champs all were impressive, Loebel said. Fergus (19-7) was building on his strong seventh-place finish in the Oshkosh-on-the-Water Tourney and clobbered Wilmot (13-0 major decision) and North Fond du Lac (pin 1:20) opponents for his title.

Loebel said that Fergus has a good mind-set right now.

"He's gotten to the point where he's not going to let kids who are not on his level stay with him," Loebel said. "Right now, he's just a hammer on top and he gives up very few escapes."

Meanwhile, Gomez (19-3) wanted to make amends for a less-than-stellar On-theWater effort so he went out and pinned a Waukesha West opponent (3:51) and then overpowered a Greenfield foe (9-3) for his title.

"He just continues to work so hard," Loebel said. "He's so solid and good results will come for him."

Loebel was very happy for Meyer (14-5) as he recorded pins over Hale (1:00) and Greenfield (5:32) for his crown.

"He just does what he does," Loebel said. "He's not going to score a million points and he forces kids to wrestle his style and he also works very hard."

Taking a second for Bay was Jack Plale at 138 (14-9) as he lost a tight 7-6 decision in the final to a Greenfield opponent.

Other good places for the Blue Dukes included Jonah Nelson fourth at 113 (5-11), Jack Ludke third at 126 (10-8) and Joe Beck fourth at 220 (9-11).

Bay didn't have brothers Joe and Ben Lehrmann at the tournament. Joe was at a religious retreat and Ben was being held out as a precaution for a slight injury.

Loebel is looking forward to getting some good work done in the practice room in the coming weeks.

"It's all in preparation for one time of the year (conference and sectionals)," he said. "We did a good job earning third with only nine guys here."




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